The top three sides all registered 2-0 wins on Saturday as the leaders maintained an 11-point advantage at the top after they defeated Shankhouse whilst Killingworth toppled Gateshead Rutherford and Blue Star registered late, twice, to defeat a stunned Percy Main.
Newcastle University took the lead just past the half hour through David Robinson which Keith Douglas added to five minutes into the second period; Leighton Hopper opened the scoring for Killingworth in their home win before that man Malcolm Morien, with his 34th league goal of the season, made it two; and at Percy Main, the home side may have thought they’d held on for a hard-earned point but were stunned as Blue Star scored twice in stoppage time through Ethan Bewley and Richard Coulson to steal the points.
Seven goals arrived at Ponteland, six at Chemfica and five at Wallington as fans were treated to a few spectacles.
At the Pont they were dismantled by a four-goal salvo by visiting striker Corey McKeown, he scoring three in the first half to keep the Heed in with a chance of safety from relegation as sides beneath them have games in hand, McKeown registered his fourth just after the hour as the Pont threatened to draw level with efforts from Kane Gellately and Louis Calvert, Liam McIvor making for an interesting finale when scoring eight minutes from time.
Braces from Sam Grieveson and Steve McLaughlin saw Newcastle Chemfica come from behind to take the points when hosting FC United of Newcastle, they leading in the first minute through Anthony Dobie before Grieveson levelled with his first of the afternoon from the spot, Ryan McAvoy would score FC United’s other goal with a quarter of the game remaining.
Meanwhile at Wallington the hosts remain fourth after they slipped to defeat against Alnwick Town, who remain in seventh place after Jake Morrison netted twice for the visitors, Jonathyn Quinn also netting whilst the hosts scored through Simon Farrier and Jake Walton.
The remaining game would see but one goal as Craig Hopwood notched ten minutes from time to give New Fordley all three points at home to North Shields Athletic.
Connor Andrews netted at the start and finish of the first half for leaders Blyth Town as they kept their title charge on track with a 3-0 win away to rivals Blyth Spartans Reserves, who slipped to fifth with defeat.
Victory means that Town now have a five point advantage at the top, with three games in hand as Paul Dunn added a late third to seal all three points whilst elsewhere there were three high-scoring draws as Prudhoe Youth Club and Forest Hall finished 2-2 whilst the games between Felling Magpies and Gosforth Bohemians, and Hexham and Cullercoats, ended 3-3.
The top six clash at Winlaton went in favour of the hosts after they defeated visitors Hebburn U23s 4-3, a game which also saw four penalties converted. Jack Moulding scored three for the high-flying Vulcans, including two penalties whilst Gary McCall replied with two spot-kicks of his own whilst Jonny Anderson (Winlaton) and Logan Powell (Hebburn) also scored.
Callum Larmouth scored the only goal of the game as Newcastle East End picked up a big three points way to Longbenton at the bottom of the table whilst Bedlington edged a tight affair at Red Row, Connor Stroughton notching what proved the winner twelve minutes from time after Liam Eason had afforded the hosts an interval lead and David Stobbart equalised.
Advantage swung firmly in favour of the Coquetdalers on Saturday afternoon after Rothbury took apart title rivals Whitley Bay Sporting Club in devastating fashion at Armstrong Park.
Going into the game level on points at the top the Reds romped into a four-goal lead inside half-an-hour as Gareth McCann opened the scoring after just three minutes and James Loughborough doubled the advantage before twenty minutes had registered; the next ten minutes would see two further goals as the Bay were stunned when Dan Thompson added a third and the Tony Brown put the hosts out of sight.
The game remained at four for the majority of the second period and it would be deep into stoppage time when Rothbury made it 5-0 to move three clear, with three in hand.
Big results occurred elsewhere in the division as fourth place Willington Quay Saints defeated hosts Cramlington Town 6-1 with Ross Thirlaway scoring three including the opener with Kane Chirnside adding two to make it five before the hosts registered through Kyle Caruso before Brandon Williams restored the advantage with number six minutes later.
Ellington also registered big on the road with a 5-1 at Spittal Rovers, the side’s level at the break after Rhys Bloomfield had cancelled out Liam Thompson’s opener, the latter adding two further in the second period to complete his hat-trick before Jordan Lashley added a brace for good measure.
Six goals were scored at Stobswood as they defeated Burradon 4-2, Kevin Bell registering either side of the interval for the hosts whilst Andy Welsh notched a second half double for Blyth, they winning 3-1 at Whitburn and there were also wins for Gateshead Redheugh, 3-1 against Cramlington United, and Coundon won 2-1 at Jesmond.